blog, Trackside With Tony (Blog) BNSF Wayzata Sub: Volume Seven August 10, 2013 Tony I was keeping tabs via the “MN Rail” discussing group of a special load bound out of Northtown on the Northtown-Lincoln: a “drawworks” used by oil companies. It was shipped by rail from Canada, and was bound for the port of Long Beach. The motive power on this train… …was BNSF 7958 (ES44C4); BNSF 5824 (ES44AC); and BNSF 2755 (GP39E-an ex BN GP30!). The train moved swiftly past my vantage point… …and on into the lazy, hazy summer evening. This and preceding two photos taken by Tony Held on July 10, 2013. The Northtown-Lincoln photographed above passed this eastbound general freight as it waited to meet them on the Wayzata to Long Lake siding. I could not get the number of the GE pictured above. Photo taken by Tony Held on July 10, 2013. Dispatch stopped this eastbound mixed manifest until they gave them a “proceed to next signal” which cleared them down the line. I could only get the number of the trailing unit since it was facing me: BNSF 682 (C44-9W; an ex-Santa Fe warbonnet!) Photo taken by Tony Held on July 13, 3013 A quick chase from Long Lake to Wayzata netted this shot of an eastbound grain train getting up to speed after being stopped by the dispatcher in Long Lake… …as well as this one as the train passed by the old BNSF/Dakota Rail interchange. Power was BNSF 5532, 622, and 979; all of which were C44-9Ws. The 622 was a treat because it was an ex-Santa Fe Warbonnet! This and preceding photo taken on July 27, 2013. Turns out another eastbound was hot on the heels of the grain job pictured above. This time it was a mixed manifest I bagged back in Long Lake… …which had the following units for power: BNSF 6917 (ES44C4), BNSF 7726 (ES44DC), and BNSF 912 (C40-8W.) Soon its thunder began to fade… …as the train rolled away out of sight. This and preceding two photos were taken on July 27, 2013, by Tony Held. The approach of the second train was heralded by this signal. Photo taken by Tony Held on July 27, 2013. Here comes the first of what proved to be three trains I bagged in Long Lake on the same Saturday morning the Tour de Tonka pedaled through town… …this first catch of the morning was a westbound general manifest led by BNSF BNSF 5242 (C44-9W); BNSF 9375 (SD70ACe); and a CSX unit whose number I did not catch. Soon it was followed by… …another westbound mixed manifest… …powered by BNSF 9578 (SD70MAC) and BNSF 8261 (SD75M).There was an eastbound waiting for them to pass further west of here… …which finally hit Long Lake about an hour later… …powered by BNSF 4136 and BNSF 5061 (both C44-9Ws). I dubbed this eventful morning the “Train de Tonka”! This and preceding five photos taken by Tony Held on August 3, 2013. No trains thundered through Long Lake on this morning two days later because MOW crews… …were out working on the railroad. This and preceding photo taken on August 5, 2013, by Tony Held. One of the perks of (virtually) trackside living: a view of a locomotive from your apartment! This unit -BNSF 4689 (C44-9W) was the lead of no less than six units on an eastbound mixed manifest that got stopped in Long Lake and then cleared to proceed that also consisted of… …BNSF 5148 (C44-9W)… …BNSF 707 (C44-9W; BNSF-ized Warbonnet from 1996)… …BNSF 1544 (GP28M; ex-BN)… …BNSF 1783 (SD40-2; ex-BN)… …and BNSF 9666 (SD70MAC; ex-BN). Only the first three units of this eclectic lashup were under power. The other three were hitching a ride in from Willmar, MN. This and preceding five photos taken by Tony Held on August 7, 2013.